Ladies and gentleman, it’s DABWAHA TIME.
For newbies and for those who entered in previous years but were not sure what the heck was going on, here’s some instructions on how to participated in the DABWAHA Tournament.
We’ll put out a slate of 64 picks. 8 categories and 8 books in each category. In each category, the books are seeded 1-8. The books then face off against one another with book 8 going up against book 1, book 7 going up against book 2, book 6 going up against book 3. And so on and so forth.
The books compete against each other through the use of a poll and readers pick which book is going to win.
Before the books start competing against each other (I know, it sounds weird), readers fill out a bracket, picking who is going to win. Here is the tournament entry link. Bookmark it or look for this link on the dabwaha.com site:
How do I enter my picks?
PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING WORDS.
To enter your picks, click ENTER YOUR PICKS in the top menu.
Then, at the top right, select “NEW” and enter your player nickname. You will then be asked to enter your first and last name. Only the player nickname will be public.
Enter your email address in the box provided.
Make your picks by selecting the title you think will win each competition in the dropdown box:
Enter the tiebreaker which is the total number of reader nominations sent in for the final slot. Put this in the comment box:
This is the important part: when you click “SUBMIT PICKS” in the bottom left, your entry will not appear right away.
Let me say that again: Your entry will not appear right away.
But whyyyyyy am I not seeing my entry right away?
Because each entry is stored off line and must be compiled and uploaded into the server in batches. This is done manually. By Jane. So she’ll collect the entries in groups through the selection period and upload them in groups.
What is this points thing?
The contest is modeled after the original March Madness which is the college basketball tournament where 65 teams go at each other until there is one winner. Think Hoosiers. The software we use is for college basketball (and other sports events) and those are points driven.
The “points” for the dabwaha are represented by poll numbers. I.e., how many votes the book gets in the polls we run. When entering a tiebreaker, you need to enter the total number of reader nominations sent in for the final slot. Put this in the comment box. The tiebreaker is just in case there is a tie (or more) for winning bracket entries.